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April 21, 2021

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Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

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Suffolk Park Pump Track

We the ‘Engaged Neighbours’, on behalf of the Suffolk Park pump track’s affected neighbours and 300–400 petitioners and letter writers, request Council NOT to continue to bulldoze the large fenced in section of Linda Vidler Parkland adjacent to Baz and Shaz’s shop, close to the houses on three sides.

A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for...

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.

Koala Wars

James Wright, Byron Bay On reading Dailan’s ‘Koala Wars’ I felt compelled introduce the readers to interesting debate about the health and...

Jo Faith, Newtown

In his book The Biggest Estate on Earth, Bill Gammage writes of early settlers in Australia being astounded by the shaping and caring of the land by First Nations peoples.

Gammage asserts that this legacy was upheld by their ‘ecological consciousness’ which shaped and dominated their spiritual beliefs regarding land and spiritual existence. This recognised that humans must respect and tend all land, rivers, oceans, and biodiversity with a spiritual reverence. Earth was a living Mother that sustained all life. Duty was to leave Earth as it was when one was born.

We now witness the total plundering of it by mining magnates. Who, in turn, donate large sums to political elites to help them remain in governmental power.

Indigenous leader, Pat Turner, recently stated, ‘They have plundered our land and made billions, no – [ITAL]trillions – out of it, and the First Nation peoples have not received a penny’. Why do Australians tolerate such factors? Have we become grafted to such greed and low consciousness? We collectively are responsible for the ongoing genocidal actions enacted on First Nations peoples whose consciousness is far superior to the colonial legacy we politically/socially tolerate.

We collectively remain locked in a hubristic political consciousness that is colonial, cruel, greedy, structuraly impoverished, racist, and sad to say, genocidal when viewing the intergenerational trauma, suicide, and soul stripping brutality experienced by young offenders, stolen children and the rising number of Indigenous deaths in custody.

Recently a beautiful letter appeared in Econetdaily pleading for housing for First Nations elders so that their knowledge continues to be shared amongst younger generations.

We read of rezoning so that the elite can live with their bums in butter, but no news in the excellent Echo journal about the housing needs/remedy for First Nations elders. Why? Is it because the ‘Byron brand’ has such a monopoly on Byron consciousness and planning? We are honoured to have First Nations elders in the Shire! Respect. Warrior women rise!

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